Swiss Mido pays tribute to one of the world’s famous buildings-Big Ben, London, with a new limited edition of the watch ‘Big Ben’ designer. Inspired by the slender appearance of this iconic four-sided clock tower, from the case and strap to the dial and movement, this unique watch borrows from the neo-Gothic architecture of Big Ben in many places. This special watch is the final winner of the 2015 Mido Professional Watchmaker’s Watch Design Competition, with a limited edition of 500 pieces worldwide. The designer of this watch is Sébastien Perret, a professional watchmaker from Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He traces his inspiration to the Big Ben in London, and ‘is round in squares’ To conceive, this limited edition watch is designed to present an original and classic design style, just like the inspiration of the Swiss Mido brand for the eternal brand spirit.
The “Big Ben” designer limited edition watch originated from the 2015 Swiss Mido professional watchmaker watch design competition. This event was announced at the Basel Watch & Jewellery Show in 2015. Mido selected three Prestigious watchmakers: Eric Giroud, Lorenzo Vallone and Sébastien Perret participate in the competition. Swiss Mido invited them to design a brand new watch inspired by Big Ben, a building located in London, England overlooking the Palace of Westminster. Through the online voting of 100,000 netizens worldwide, the watch designed by watchmaker Sebastian Peret won the highest votes. Swiss Medo held a grand award ceremony for this competition. Mr. Esa Mohamed, President of the International Institute of Architects, and Mr. Franz Linder, Global President of Swiss Medo, personally presented honorary certificates to the winners.
Just like this famous iconic building, the designer’s limited edition of ‘Big Ben’ is timeless and pioneering. Sebastian Peret borrowed from the neo-Gothic architectural style of this iconic building in many ways. After refining, he gave this watch a modern and classic design. It can be appreciated at close range. Rich layered design details.
The appearance of the limited edition of the Swiss Mido designer ‘Big Ben’ is composed of a 316L stainless steel rose gold-plated case and a polished bezel. This watch is inspired by the shape of the Big Ben: the large open bezel on the dial symbolizes the circular dial of the clock, while the square case is reminiscent of the four corners of the clock tower and clock face . The circle, a key part of the Mido brand’s genes, is embedded in the square, so the ‘Big Ben’ designer limited edition watch ‘turns the circle into a square’. This limited edition watch features a luxurious ivory silver dial with a satin-finished sunray pattern in the center. The number ‘4’ uses Gothic Roman numerals to reproduce the elegant style of Big Ben, which is a rare detail in the watchmaking industry. Black cutout faceted hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova® luminous coating make it easy to read the watch at night; the date and day window are at 3 o’clock. In addition, there is a clever design detail that pays tribute to this famous clock tower, which is the black coating hollow between the case and the bezel, reminiscent of the cantilevered architectural design of the clock tower.
The ‘Big Ben’ designer limited edition watch is water-resistant to 100 meters, equipped with the latest generation of Caliber 80 fully automatic mechanical movement, with up to 80 hours of kinetic energy storage. Certified with extraordinary full-automation and excellent accuracy. The satin-polished 316L stainless steel rose gold-plated strap blends harmoniously with the 42 mm diameter case. This watch is reminiscent of the intricate decorative design of Big Ben through various design elements and different levels of superposition; at the same time, the polished bar on the strap also represents the hole in the Big Ben clock tower. One day, 13.5 tons of Big Ben bells rang through London through these holes. The back of the square case of the Big Ben designer’s limited edition watch also presents many surprises: the screws on each corner are reminiscent of the clover pattern around the Big Ben clock face, and through the transparent On the case back, you can see that the rose window design used to decorate the oscillating weight on the movement echoes the dial of Big Ben.
The ‘Big Ben Limited Edition’ watch is limited to 500 pieces worldwide. Its limited edition watch box will also be specially designed by Mr. Sebastian Peret.
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